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September 14, 2004 - Western Fantasy Gala Committee Struts and Saunters for VOA

What: 2004 Western Fantasy Patron Party

Where: Neiman Marcus, Cherry Creek

When: September 14, 2004

Time: 6:00 pm

Beneficiary: Volunteers of America, Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, Post-News Charities

Gala Chairperson(s): 2004 Western Fanatasy Gala Chairs: Jaylene and Jeff Smith

Corporate Chairperson(s): Jeff Potter of Frontier Airlines

Founders: Jean Galloway and Sharon Magness Blake

Co-Chair(s): Patron Party Co-Chairs: Sharon Whiton Gelt and Louise Richardson

Welcome: Nancy Lamb Thompson and Jeff Thompson

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Smokey Ritter

Sponsors: Neiman Marcus, Coors, Epicurean Catering

Attendance: 100

Attire: Business Casual

Models/Fashions: 2004 Steering Committee Members

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 2004 gala co-chair Jaylene Smith with Western Fantasy gala founders Jean Galloway and Sharon Magness Blake. All three gals worked the runway for the fashion show.
2004 gala co-chair Jaylene Smith with Western Fantasy gala founders Jean Galloway and Sharon Magness Blake. All three gals worked the runway for the fashion show.

Janet Woods

Chanel and Harley Davidson: They aren’t names most people pair up, but it was a match made in heaven as two icons were side by side for the Western Fantasy Patron Party.

Next to the Chanel boutique on the second floor of Neiman Marcus was a brand new Harley Davidson, just one of many luxurious items that is part of the live auction for the 11th annual Western Fantasy gala. The gala is set to take place on Saturday, October 16 with Randy Travis headlining the show.

One hundred people came out for the stellar fashion show and to mix and mingle with those who make the grand event happen. Neiman Marcus transformed the couture department on the second floor into a catwalk to model everything from ball gowns fit for a queen to bathrobes that Hugh Hefner would covet.

Nancy Lamb Thompson and Jeff Thompson kicked off the runway walk with an announcement of some of the live auction items available at the fete. Up for grabs are a trip for two to the Super Bowl, twelve months of entertainment activities from Kroenke Sports and a trip to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas via a private jet.

Strutting their stuff on the runway were: 2004 gala chairs Jeff and Jaylene Smith, Glory Weisberg from The Villager, Denver Post Society scribe Joanne Davidson, Western Fantasy gala founders Sharon Magness Blake and Jean Galloway escorted by David Alexander, Young Professionals Committee Chairs Elizabeth Byrnes and Bradley Joseph along with CBS4’s Ed Crony, Douglas Kerbs, Rachel Warner, Cindi Burge, Patron Party co-chairs Sharon Whiton Gelt and Louise Richardson , Steering Committee Member Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and her husband Jack Fitzgibbons, Sandee and Aaron Lapedis from Fascination Street Gallery, Laren Naimen, Frontier Airlines' Andrew Hudson with wife Denise Hudson , and Steering Committee Members Faye and Dr. Reggie Washington and Gail and George Johnson. Western Fantasy benefits Volunteers of America, the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund and the Post-News Charities.

The Colorado Branch of Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is Colorado’s largest direct human service organization. Over 7,000 volunteers work with a dedicated staff in delivering over thirty services that annually benefit 90,000 people in need of shelter, counseling, nourishment, companionship and new direction. Eighty-nine percent of donations go directly to benefit people severed by the Volunteers of America. The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, is the conduit through which the Colorado Avalanche provides the financial resources necessary to both create and sustain their various community programs and charitable commitments. The Post-News Charities, a fund of The Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, raises funds and make grants to outstanding nonprofits in the Denver community that serve children, youth and literacy. Every dollar raised by Post-News Charities is matched by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, thereby increasing the impact on the nonprofit community. Western Fantasy has raised over 12 million dollars for Volunteers of America. For more information about the event, visit

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